Acupuncture is widely known as an ancient medical art originating from China more than 2000 years ago. It is still practiced all over the world as an evidence-based modern medical treatment. Awareness of acupuncture in the U.S. increased dramatically in 1971 when a New York Times reporter visiting China developed acute appendicitis and was treated very successfully for pain after his surgery with nothing more than three acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture has shown excellent benefit in research studies for a range of pain syndromes including back and neck pain, headache, and joint pains such as shoulder and knee.
Acupuncture is generally extremely safe and well-tolerated. One-time-use sterile needles make risk of infection insignificant. The needles are very fine and when inserted may be sensed as a very brief pinch-like sensation which resolves in seconds; often there may be no at all with insertion. Most practitioners employ the use of local heat sources over the needles to provide additional comfort and to boost the effectiveness of the treatment input. Other techniques are often employed to maximize relaxation such as keeping the room warm and dimly lit, and playing relaxing music.
A treatment may last 20-30 minutes and typically patients leave the clinic feeling immediately better. Optimal clinical benefit is often seen after several sessions performed on a weekly basis, as the effects are generally cumulative. Frequency of visits and overall treatment approach would depend on the specific treatment goals outlined y the patient and practitioner as a team.
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